Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) has signed HB683, extending the state's community solar pilot program.
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HB683 modifies existing legislation to allow Maryland’s community solar market to remain open through 2022 while the state’s Public Service Commission determines a long-term path forward for the program. The legislation also expands the generating capacity per system and lifts the maximum number of subscribers per project as previously imposed.
“We would like to sincerely thank Delegate Luke Clippinger and Senator Ben Kramer for their leadership and commitment to continue community solar in Maryland,” said Jeff Cramer, Executive Director for the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA). “HB683 will allow Maryland residents and businesses access to the myriad of benefits community solar offers. We look forward to working with the PSC to help craft a long-term and sustainable future for community solar in Maryland beyond 2022.”
Jessica Ennis, Legislative Director for Climate and Energy for Earth Justice, added that by extending the initiative, Maryland is showing the nation that a clean energy future can benefit every community and that other states can and should follow Maryland’s lead.
Community solar has become the fastest growing segment of the solar market with over 1 GW of installed capacity, enough to power about 140,000 households. Today, 19 states and the District of Columbia allow community solar programmes, creating thousands of jobs and spurring local economic investments in those states.